IWUF Attends 2018 SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit, Raising Global Recognition for Wushu
From April 15-20, 2018 the 16th SportAccord World Sport and Business summit took place in Bangkok, Thailand. IWUF President Yu Zaiqing, Executive Vice President Anthony Goh, Secretary General Zhang Qiuping, Honorary Vice President Liu Ruiqi and other members of the Secretariat attended. Judging from the expo's popular IWUF booth, wushu demonstration, early morning taiji activities, and other events, it was clear that the sport of wushu is gaining more and more recognition and prominence worldwide.
This summit brought together IOC members, international sport federation leaders and top executives from all areas of the sport industry, with 84 countries and regions, 831 organizations, and over 100 international federations being represented by 1844 attendees. IOC President Thomas Bach, SportAccord President Patrick Baumann, and other VIP guests participated in the summit's Opening Ceremony.
During the summit, IWUF representatives attended a meeting for those IFs recognized by the IOC, the GAISF General Assembly, GAISF Combat Commission meeting, and presentations on law, host cities, and media as they relate to work of IFs.
The IWUF made great use of both the world summit platform and the exhibition area to highlight the sport of wushu. The IWUF exhibition booth brought much attention from city representatives, IF staff, and executives of elite global organizations. FINA Vice President Dale Neuburger, the General Administration of Sport of China Vice Bureau Chief Gao Zhidan, National Olympic Committee of Thailand Vice President Supitr Samahito, Sports Bureau of the Special Administrative Region of Macau Bureau Chief Pan Yongquan, and other sports federation delegates and VIPs visited the IWUF booth to chat with IWUF representatives, gaining a deeper understanding of the sport of wushu's development.
One special aspect of this year's World Sport & Business Summit was the inaugural "United Through Sport & Sports Festival," a program displaying a wide variety of sports. On April 19th the Sports Festival included a wushu demonstration in the Central World Square. With the support of the IWUF, the Wushu Federation of Thailand organized over 30 wushu athletes and fans to showcase taiji routines and a lion dance performance, while many local Thai sports enthusiasts, IF delegates, and tourists from all over the world gathered to watch.
IWUF Executive Vice President Anthony Goh said, "In attending the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit, not only did we run a successful exhibition booth for the sport, but through an early morning taiji training session, wushu demonstrations, and other programs more people also became interested in wushu, and their understanding of wushu's global development was deepened. We also believe in the mission of the United Through Sport & Sports Festival, and we invite everyone to join us this year on August 11thas we celebrate the very first World Wushu-Kungfu Day."
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